Cross country fields first full varsity squad
September 14, 2011 | 07:32 AMWILLIAMS BAY — Cross country is undoubtedly gaining steam in the Bay.
In its inaugural season last fall, only three athletes competed, resulting in incomplete team scores. But the program won't have that problem this fall, as it fielded its first-ever full scoring team in its season opener Sept. 1.
The boys now have nine runners, and the girls have five. The girls will be led by senior Alyssa Alheid, the lone returning letter-winner. Sophomores Danny Butler and Noah Mailloux are the returning letter-winners on the boys side.
Newcomers to the boys team include John Feedar-Thomas, Tyler Alheid, Wyatt Beyers, Neil Stilin and J.T. Schintgen.
On the girls side, Elizabeth O'Regan, Caroline Brown, Emmalyn Meyers and Brooke Wildenradt will make their cross country debuts.
Feedar-Thomas plays for both the football and cross country teams.
"We have continued to build a running program from the ground up," said Coach Rich Alheid. "I am very proud of our boys and girls teams."
On Friday at the Ladish Invite at Camp Timber Lee in East Troy, the Bulldogs were the only Division 3 school competing against six Division 1 and six Division 2 schools.
The girls finished 12th of 13 teams, while the boys took last place out of 13.
"Everyone ran a good race and improved their times from last week," Rich Alheid said.
Alyssa Alheid led the way for the Bay, finishing in 28th place with a time of 17:54. O'Regan had the next-best time at 20:09. Wildenradt ran a time of 20:44, and Brown added a 21:24 mark.
The girls were a girl short due to injury, so they didn't post a full team score.
For the boys, Butler was the top runner in a time of 20:34, good for 44th place. Mailloux wasn't far behind in 47th, finishing with a time of 20:53.
The Bay will travel to the Badger Invite Thursday.
Solid results in first meet
On Sept. 1 at the Cam-Rock Invite, the Bulldogs faced temperatures in the high-80s and high humidity.
However, that didn't stop Alyssa Alheid from excelling. She earned the first ever individual medal in the program's two-year existence, taking 15th overall with a time of 18:52.36.
Out of 15 teams, the Bay girls placed 12th. O'Regan finished 35th out of 119 runners.
"For our first race in very challenging conditions, I thought our girls did a very nice job," Rich Alheid said.
The boys took 10th overall.